Fickle finger of forecasting: storm fizzles |

Fickle finger of forecasting: storm fizzles

Jeff Munson

It was supposed to be the first “significant” snowfall of the season, but forecasters at the National Weather Service began to discover late Monday night around the time the storm was to arrive things had drastically changed.

Weather sometimes has a way of being fickle.

There was snow, but the bulk of it was in the northern most stretches of California, and south at Mammoth Mountain. Northern Lassen County received 8-10 inches of it at the 4,500 foot level. Mammoth Mountain got 8 inches at the top, but that’s at nearly 11,000 feet.

Trace amounts of rain and snow fell at Kirkwood and Mount Rose, but not the blockbuster “up to 12 inches” the weather service had anticipated when it announced a winter storm warning Monday night until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The weather service canceled the warning at 7 a.m. yesterday after forecasters saw sunshine and partly cloudy skies.

Forecaster Jon Bonk called the storm that never happened “a classic splitting system” where the storm broke in half and separated, part of it going to the north and the other half, to the south. The middle, for the most part, remained dry.

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The forecast calls for a gradual warming trend through the week.